Written by: Tim Wood
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11)
I believe there are four important principles to remember as we engage in spiritual warfare.
Principle #1 – Know the enemy.
Our enemy is not each other. It’s not “flesh and blood”. Our enemy is the devil. His motive is to deceive us. To steal from us. To kill us. (John 10:10). When you’re being attacked, it’s proof that you’re a believer. The more you make an impact for God, the more the Devil is going to fight you. You never outgrow it; it just gets more intense.
Principle #2 – Acknowledge the battle is won.
We stand against the schemes of the devil. We battle from the platform of victory. We don’t battle for victory. Jesus Christ has already won the victory. He has already taken all the ground. We stand on his victory. We stand on his accomplishments.
Principle #3 – Exercise your faith.
We are to put on the whole armor of God. To put on is an act of faith. It’s obedience. As we put on this armor, we are actually rehearsing the Gospel in our minds. As the hymn says, “put on the Gospel armor, each piece put on with prayer” (Stand up, Stand up for Jesus). Often times I will pray, “Lord, I put on your helmet of salvation. Protect my mind from thoughts that the Devil would want me to dwell on. Sift my thoughts by the blood of Jesus.” That kind of faith works.
Principle #4 – Claim your victory.
If God’s word says we are able to stand, then we are able to stand. Your victory in spiritual warfare must rest on the reality that God has given you everything that you need to live in light of the truth of His victory in order to experience and become all that God has created you to be. But God will not dress you in the weapons of warfare. You are going to have to put on the Armor of God yourself – everyday – in order to experience the victory that is yours.